The flags were flying, the drums were beating, and the joy was spreading all week long at Continental Colony Elementary School, as the school held its first-ever Cultural Extravaganza Week, Oct. 22-26.
The celebration kicked off on Monday, Oct. 22, with an assembly of student performances and a special visit from a member of a Costa Rica consulate. Each grade group was assigned a specific color to wear to represent the multitude of colors from around the world. Pre-K wore green, kindergarten wore orange, first grade wore blue, third grade wore red, fourth grade wore purple, and fifth grade wore black.
“October is the month of races,” said World Language teacher Anella Young, who coordinated the extravaganza. “I decided to celebrate all cultures represented in our school,” which includes students from South America, the Caribbean and Africa.
On Wednesday, the kindergarten classes paraded around the school waving flags from various nations. Later, physical education and Spanish classes were combined for a carnival. Students participated in physical activities from the past and present and around the world. They played croquet, Red Light, Green Light, jump rope and four square. As a special carnival treat, students indulged in hand-spun cotton candy — after eating lunch, of course.
Throughout the week, Young – a native of Costa Rica – integrated lessons of culture and diversity into her Spanish classroom.